Reference Services

Reference services are designed to ensure effective use of the Goodson Law Library's collections of print and electronic resources. Our reference librarians are experienced legal researchers and instructors, all of whom hold dual degrees in law and library science.

Reference Services Overview

Reference librarians will help you locate information, identify relevant books, articles and electronic resources, develop search strategies for catalogs, databases, the web and indexes and provide assistance in legal research methodology for finding cases and statutes.

For Law Students:

  • Provide one-on-one in-depth consultation on research paper topics or online search techniques and strategies
  • Lead specialized classes and workshops on legal research topics and electronic search techniques
  • Reactivate forgotten LexisNexis IDs or Westlaw passwords
  • Give basic and advanced training in LexisNexis, Westlaw or other research databases

For Law Faculty:

  • Research lectures on topics covered in your course
  • Recommend online and print resources for inclusion on course homepages
  • Collaboration in gathering and monitoring information for scholarship
  • Provide orientation and specialized training for research assistants
  • More Library services for Law Faculty

Policy on Legal Reference and Legal Advice:

Reference librarians help you use the library and its collections, but they cannot do legal research for you. Librarians locate information, identify relevant resources, develop search strategies for catalogs, databases, the web and indexes and provide assistance in legal research methodology. The reference staff cannot provide substantive advice on a legal problem, interpret legal materials for you, or explain how the law applies to your particular case.